In February 2018, WestRock began participating in the first state-sponsored business development program in the United States, the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program (GMPC). This program partners large corporations based in Georgia with the State’s small emerging firms. For a one-year period, the partners focus on areas that will help drive business growth and long term success for the protégé company.
Through the program, WestRock partnered with a small IT consulting firm, Six Consulting Group, which is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). WestRock worked with Six Consulting on areas such as recruiting, process improvement, sales and client engagement. At the program’s recent graduation ceremony, WestRock received two awards for our dedication and value added to this partnership: The Power of Partnership and The Magnificent Mentor Awards.
The ”Magnificent Mentor” award was given to WestRock's Keya Grant, director, diversity and international supplier inclusion. Keya was recognized for her role as a corporate mentor who surpassed the expectations to amplify the impact of WestRock’s partnership with Six Consulting Group.
"The connections we've made at WestRock have helped us get to know many different talented people and benefit from their knowledge and perspectives,” said Parth Patel, chief executive officer of Six Consulting. “These meetings helped us realize we needed to implement structure, focus on accountability and really think about not only what we're doing, but why we are doing it, and then go about execution in a structured way. Keya has been instrumental in driving our partnership since day one, and she's been extremely proactive in helping us move forward as a company."
Serving as a great business partner is something WestRock strives to do every day. WestRock has been recognized with several awards for work on supplier diversity, including:
- 2017 Rising Star – GMSDC (Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council)
- 2017 Crystal Award – GMSDC
- 2018 Top Corporation – GWBC (Greater Women’s Business Council)
- 2018 Corporation of the Year – GMSDC
- 2018 Conagra -Supplier Diversity Award
- 2018 Magnificent Mentor – GMPC (Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection)
- 2018 Power of Partnership – GMPC
- 2018 Rising Star – GMSDC